It’s starting to look at lot like Christmas, cheer is in the air and you’re surrounded with food!
For the dieters out there it’s a scary time of year. What will you do with all that food??? I have to admit for me, back when I was in my early 20’s and a manic dieter I was so scared of the festive season and holidays.
I would dread it in fact. I’d have a plan on how I was going to exercise off all those extra treats I wasn’t supposed to eat. Come Christmas day, I’d say “oh well its Christmas” then binge on the food in front of me. Only to feel so guilty, I’d put on my sneakers and go for a run to try to burn it off. I made sure I did do my 2-3hrs worth of training whilst everyone lounged around having fun.
It was hell on earth.
I used to be one those people who believed weekends and the festive season was the golden ticket eats whatever I wanted. Because, it’s Christmas!
For some the “It’s Christmas” mantra occurs for the whole month of December and January. That means free for all including dessert, alcohol and food. Just eat until you cannot eat any more.
Giving your self-permission to binge is not healthy. It all boils down to perception on things and the severity of your dieting.
Quick tip; Stop dieting. Period.
The problem is you come into the festive season on an overly resistive diet and a preoccupation with food. You are relying on dieting rules to regulate intake. But life doesn’t always perfectly accommodate our dieting does it?
Christmas comes and we can’t control ourselves every little morsel of food looks delicious and we haven’t developed self-trust with food, nor are we in tune with our hunger cues. We eat more than we need (outside of our dieting rules) and feel guilty about it.
What we must remember is that health isn’t all or nothing, it’s some where in the middle. We don’t need to be overly resistive and exercise our selves into the ground to the point of exhaustion to be healthy. Trust me, it’s not fun either.
Eating on Christmas day should be like every other day, the same eating behaviours apply; eat when your hungry, stop when your full. The only difference is you have a lot more tasty food to choose from.
Christmas is only one day, and so we should enjoy what we eat but also be mindful of how full you are feeling. Enjoying food is one thing, overindulgence is a completely different story. Eating when you’re not hungry is equally wasteful. Think about this for a minute, if you didn’t go back for seconds you could potentially enjoy that food for longer over the next coming days.
This festive season take a balanced approach to your health. Make a packed with yourself not to put on weight. It’s always a good time to think about being mindful of food choices. It’s always a good time to exercise a degree of self-restraint without being overly restrictive. It’s always a good time to take a sensible approach to exercise.
Besides Christmas is just one day, and your health is forever